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UCS Admin: UCS Administration Workshop

This workshop is based on the Cisco DCUCI course and covers only selective modules from the original outline (below) to provide a targeted outcome to end-user customers. It also uses supplementary material to enhance the learning experience.

The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with a working knowledge of a UCS B series solution, and an understanding of the areas that need to be considered when designing, implementing and managing the UCS environment.

The workshop focuses on key components, protocols and configuration tasks that allow a successful deployment or in the case of a 3rd party provider installation, allows a ready understanding of the environment.

The course also incorporates several workshop and lab components that permit the participants to not only spend time experiencing the UCS Manager interface but also an opportunity to review/consider their own environment and explore possible alternative deployment options.

Integration into the existing network and storage environments is key to a successful deployment. The course also explores the various deployment options and configurations. Day to day ownership and internal control and management domains have to be considered as well. Here a workshop style approach is also taken to allow participants to explore alternative strategies.

Course Objectives

After completing this course the student should be able to:

  • Address key management challenges in data center server environments with Cisco UCS
  • Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series system architectures, hardware components, and field-installable options
  • Connect to and manage Cisco UCS components
  • Configure Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Configure Cisco UCS C-Series blade servers with Cisco IMC (CIMC)
  • Connectivity requirements for the Cisco UCS platform
  • Configure server profiles to allocate physical resources
  • Configure maintenance tasks such as Syslog, Local Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Configure high availability at the LAN, SAN, and server NIC level
  • Common deployment scenarios for small and large scale environments
  • Implement service profiles and blade configuration for VMware ESXi v4.1, 5 and 5.1
  • Troubleshoot common LAN and SAN connectivity issues and service profile issues
  • Configure Cisco Nexus 1000V in a VMware vSphere v4.1, v5, or v5.1 environment
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager and VMware vSphere Integration
  • Configure, compare, and contrast Cisco VM-FEX and VM-FEX with Pass-Thru Switching

Course Content

Installation of the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers

  • Updating Firmware Components
  • Installing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers in a Cisco R-Series Rack Enclosure

Cisco IMC Configuration

  • Provisioning Server Hardware with Cisco IMC

    Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware and Management

    • Hardware Components
    • Assembling B-Series Architecture and Features
    • Installing Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware

    Cisco UCS Connectivity Configuration and Management

    • Configuring Cisco UCS B-Series Physical Connectivity
    • Exploring the Cisco UCS B-Series User Interfaces
    • Configuring Compute Node LAN and SAN

    Server Resources Implementation

    • Creating Identity and Resource Pools
    • Creating Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
    • Cloning and Managing Service Profiles

    Virtual Server Networking

    • Evaluating the Cisco Nexus 1000V
    • Working with VMware Ethernet Networking
    • Characterizing Cisco Nexus 1000V Architecture
    • Installing and Configuring the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch
    • Configuring Basic Cisco Nexus 1000V Networking
    • Configuring Cisco UCS Manager for VMware PTS

    Cisco UCS Management and Maintenance

    • Implementing Startup and Shutdown Procedures
    • Configuring Role-Based Access Control
    • Backing Up and Restoring the Cisco UCS Manager Database
    • Managing High Availability
    • Monitoring System Events
    • Managing and Upgrading Cisco UCS B-Series Firmware


    • Initial Cisco UCS C-Series Configuration
    • Verify LAN and SAN Physical Connections
    • Configure Identity and Resource Pools
    • Create Logical Service Profiles from Updating Templates
    • Build a vSphere Data Center
    • Exclusive - Install a Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM
    • Exclusive - Configure Port Profiles
    • Cisco UCS Manager and VMware vSphere Integration
    • Configure VM-FEX and VM-FEX with Pass-Thru Switching
    • Configure RBAC
    • Back Up and Import Cisco UCS Manager Configuration Data
    • Reporting in the Cisco UCS
    • Resolutions to Real World Problems (Optional)
    • C-Series Host Upgrade Utility and VMware vSphere v4.1 Deployment Options

    Target Audience

    • System engineers and technicians who implement Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers
    • Data center (LAN, SAN, Server) administrators, managers, designers, and engineers

    Course Duration

    3 days

    Suggested Pre-requisites

    The knowledge and skills that a student must have before attending this course are as follows:

    • CCNA and DCUFI knowledge and experience up to CCNA Data Center
    • CCNA DC equivalent knowledge and experience
    • Familiarity with server operating systems, hypervisor, and virtualization
    • Implementing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (ICSNS)
    • Familiarity with ethernet and TCP/IP networking, SANs, Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), and hypervisor technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen)

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